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Anthrax, Biological Weapons, Decontamination, Department Of Homeland Security, biological warfare agents, Subway Attack, Bacillus Anthracis

Cleaning Up Subways: Sandia’s 20-Year Mission to Stop Anthrax in Its Tracks

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Sandia National Laboratories engineer Mark Tucker has spent much of the past 20 years thinking about incidents involving chemical or biological warfare agents, and the best ways to clean them up. Tucker’s current project focuses on cleaning up a subway system after the release of a biological warfare agent such as anthrax.

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Nanotechnology Experts at Sandia Create First Terahertz-Speed Polarization Optical Switch

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A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has for the first time used optics rather than electronics to switch a nanometer-thick thin film device from completely dark to completely transparent, or light, at a speed of trillionths of a second.

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Sandia's Radiation Analysis Software Makes Emergency Responders’ Jobs Quicker, Easier

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LIVERMORE, Calif. — When law enforcement officers and first responders arrive at an emergency involving radiation, they need a way to swiftly assess the situation to keep the public and environment safe. Having analysis tools that can quickly and reliably make sense of radiation data is of the essence.

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Window, window films, nanotechnnology, Nanoparticles, Thermochromic, vanadium dioxide, ARPA-E, Crada, NMSBA

Beating the Heat with Nanoparticle Films

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A partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Santa Fe, New Mexico-based IR Dynamics is turning nano-size particles that reflect heat, or infrared radiation, into window films to keep offices, houses and cars cool.

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Aerospace Test at Sandia Goes Green with Alternative to Explosives

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Sandia National Laboratories has successfully demonstrated a new, more environmentally friendly method to test a rocket part to ensure its avionics can withstand the shock from stage separation during flight.

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Biofuels From Bacteria

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Can a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels? Laboratory results indicate that they can. Sandia National Laboratories is helping Bay Area-based HelioBioSys understand whether these cyanobacteria can be grown large scale.

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Sandia Collects More Precise Weather, Climate Data with Help From Unmanned Aerial System

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Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than ever before.

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The Good, the Bad and the Algae

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Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems related to elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff. Sandia intends to harness algae’s penchant for prolific growth to clean up these pollutants and stop harmful algae blooms while creating a renewable, domestic source of fuel.

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New Sandia Fellowship Named After First Female Director of Nuclear Security Lab

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Sandia National Laboratories has established a new fellowship program, named after its immediate past director, Jill Hruby, in hopes of attracting and recruiting talented women in engineering and science fields who are interested in becoming technical leaders in national security.

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Lighting Up the Study of Low-Density Materials

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Sandia National Laboratories studies myriads of low-density materials, from laminate layers in airplane wings to foams and epoxies that cushion parts. So Sandia borrowed and refined a technique being studied by the medical field, X-ray phase contrast imaging, to look inside the softer side of things without taking them apart.







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